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Matsuyama Castle

Marunouchi, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
+81 89-921-4873
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Ranked #1 of 56 Attractions in Matsuyama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Seattle, Washington
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94 reviews 94 reviews
16 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Having visited two or three other "castles" in Japan, the question was whether or not to take the tour of the Matsuyama castle. Overall we think it was worth it. Wonderful views over the city, well preserved (though was rebuilt in the 1800s after a major fire), and well designed displays with good English signage. Matsuyama doesn't have a lot... More

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Gullane, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Occasionally in Japan you come across a place where the visitor information in English is well written. This is the case in Matsuyama Castle. The castle is easy to access and mostly original with decent displays inside on its history. Must see if in Matsuyama.

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London, United Kingdom
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179 reviews 179 reviews
39 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Well structured castle. If you can make it to the very top, even if it is the hottest day, you can get nice breeze with good view. We stayed there for an hour to just to chill out. The trip to the castle can be made by the rope way or ski lift. We took the latter, that was fun,... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

the view from the top of this castle is spectacular. It's possible to walk to the top, but also to go up by 'ropeway' (Japanese english for cable car). We did the latter. You can see all af Matsuyama and even as far as the Inland See. The castle itself is also quite nice and has some interesting artifacts such... More

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Vermont
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188 reviews 188 reviews
99 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had been looking at this castle from our hotel room at the JAL Matsuyama for days. Finally we visited it. We used our combo ticket which we bought at the tourist office on arrival - a good deal if you plan to use all that it includes: entrance to the castle and access via its cable car/ropeway or chairlift,... More

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New York City, New York
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25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

good castle to see castle defence fortifications, with japanese and english signage placed at strategic locations to help explain the way. i found myself learning quite a bit from this, and enjoyed it a lot. how the castle defence walls curve up is simply beautiful. matsumaya-jo is on a hill, so instead of deciding to brave the castle via walking... More

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Los Angeles, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Being far from military installations and industry, Matsuyama Castle survived the war to be one of the most intact examples in the country. The explanations of castle functions and design are excellent as are the views of the city and surrounding hills from its windows. Very impressive and beautiful.

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waiwera
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Use the ropeway to get up the hill and walk back down if you have time. Very impressive walled castle with many interesting artifacts inside. Try the green tea icecream in the grounds. Very yummy!

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Nishinomiya, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I forgot how much I enjoy going to Japanese castles coming here. This is one of the real castles too. No rebuilt concrete walls here. I was carrying my 14kg daughter--who slept most of the time--in a hiking backpack as we explored the castle. Getting up and down the very, very steep staircases with the backpack was an adventure itself.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The walk up to the castle is quite steep but well worth the effort. There are extensive views over Matsuyama.

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